QPR New Zealand is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walker Psychology & Consulting Limited. Much of our work involves providing mental health services to government, non-government agencies and to the community in the areas of suicide prevention and postvention. We also have over 15 years of experience working with primary care and specifically developing primary mental health care systems both in the US and in New Zealand. One of our key service delivery areas is the training and equipping of people to deal with the issue of suicide at a level appropriate to their situation, e.g., family member, counsellor, psychologist, GP, etc. QPR New Zealand has worked to develop an integrated, evidenced-based, multi-tiered system that delivers suicide prevention training at the level appropriate to the person taking the course, that is readily and easily accessible and that is relevant to us in New Zealand.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr Annette Beautrais
Professor Annette Beautrais (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ) is an internationally renowned suicidologist whose research has been instrumental to the development of QPR Suicide Prevention programmes. Dr Beautrais works and teaches both in New Zealand and around the world on a range of topics based on her suicide research and efforts in suicide prevention and postvention. Her work includes: suicide-related presentations to emergency departments; geospatial mapping of suicide clusters; psychological autopsy studies of suicidal behaviour; postvention support for people bereaved and impacted by suicide; text messaging interventions to reduce suicide-related presentations to the emergency department; and longitudinal studies of suicidal behaviour.
Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph
From growing up in the wild-west Kumara Country of Ruawai to studying Psychoanalysis in London at the Klein Institute…attending mass with Mother Teresa to sharing tea with His Holiness the Dalai Lama…being Princess Diana’s personal steward while in the RNZAF, to falling flat on his face in front of 100 Whanganui Iwi…confronting 10-foot waves in Bali to meditating in the presence of a mountain lion in the isolated mountains of Colorado, Paora Joseph has lived through many extraordinary and colorful life experiences.
He states, “I have come to realize that we are all of one family, wanting to make our own unique contribution to this modern world. I believe that once we discover our potential and the unique relationship we can have with ourselves, each other and the land then our contribution becomes a reality.
Through his father, Paora is of Ati Hau and Nga Rauru descent, from Putiki Marae and Kaiwhaiki Pa in Whanganui, which is affiliated to Parihaka through longstanding family and political connections. He was given his Maori name, Te Oti Takarangi, in memory of the ancestor who led his people to Parihaka to support the philosophy of peace practised there. Through his mother, Paora has French and Scottish ancestry.
In 1986, his first job was as a youth worker on the streets of South Auckland which led him train as a clinical psychologist, a profession he still works in when not making films. His path to filmmaking runs parallel with his path to Parihaka, via Whanganui, where he lived for 10 years.
Paora worked in New Plymouth for WAVES Youth Health and Development Centre, often taking troubled youth to Parihaka as part of their healing. He made the award winning New Zealand film Hiding Behind the Green Screen (www.hidingbehindthegreenscren.com), and more recently Tatarakihi: The Children of Parihaka (www.parihakafilm.com). He currently resides back on Waiheke Island where he first moved to in 1990.
Paora is multi-faceted and talented in his roles as a speaker, award-winning film maker, film workshop tutor and facilitator, practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and suicide prevention specialist. He is currently based at the Pritahi Hau Ora Trust on Waiheke Island.
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Dr Louisa Walker
Louisa, along with her husband Grant, is a Director of QPR New Zealand. She helped develop a locally tailored version of the internationally delivered and award-winning suicide prevention QPR training curriculum developed by Dr Paul Quinnett.
Louisa received her Doctorate in psychology from the University of Idaho with a research emphasis on both cross-cultural and biological psychology. She has 20 years of clinical experience working extensively with GPs and specialists in efforts to build innovative treatment models integrating psychological services into general practice medicine. She developed a Department of Behavioural Health for a regional US medical clinic and has worked with primary mental health care projects in New Zealand since 2002.
Since moving to New Zealand Louisa has worked in private practice, was a consultant to the Hawkes Bay DHB acute mental health service, and has worked with several PHOs in ongoing efforts to further develop strategies to improve mental health treatment in primary care.
Louisa served as the Clinical Manager for a Ministry of Health funded suicide bereavement service delivered by Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA). She has worked in the areas of suicide prevention and postvention both in the US and New Zealand. She has worked with the NZ Coroner’s office developing psychological autopsy services investigating deaths by suicide. Louisa currently consults with a wide variety of organizations regarding suicide prevention and has been instrumental in the development of QPR New Zealand. Louisa has been a QPR Suicide Risk Management Master Trainer since 2008 and currently delivers QPR foundational and advanced training throughout New Zealand.
Grant is a Director, and Manager of Programme Operations for QPR New Zealand. He has been instrumental in the development and delivery of QPR online training as well as all nationwide face-to-face training for individuals and organisations.
Grant has worked in the New Zealand health care sector since 2006, managing Quality and Risk Management as a Contract Administrator for Abano Rehabilitation. He served as IT and Asset Manager for the Auckland City Mission and assisted in project and contract management for a MOH funded suicide bereavement service delivered by Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA).
Grant is, by training, a Fisheries Biologist. Before moving to New Zealand, Grant worked for the Nez Perce Tribe in the US state of Idaho as the project manager of the Nez Perce Tribal Salmon Hatchery programme. He worked with tribal leaders, with the tribal Fisheries Department, in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corp of Engineers and a wide range of environmental and policy organisations to develop a tribally-owned and operated Salmon hatchery. This effort represented a complex social, environmental and cultural approach to mitigating the losses to the Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries due to the impact of the 12 hydro-electric dams that span the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington and Idaho.